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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
JimCanfield

Same display 2 years in a row, is this reccomended?

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I generally try to get a few new songs in and add some elements each year, that is just me. If you are experiencing burnout, I really don't think using the same show is a bad idea. If you have lots of visitors, they are coming now because it has become part of their "tradition" for the holiday season.We all have unique displays because we take alot of pride in our hobby and for the most part the visitors appreciate the work it takes us to put up our displays.

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I say, change out stuff only if you have the time and energy. Add to it but don't try to change everything.

Last year my grandson moved to another elementary school and my wife and I did not want to disappoint the people at his old school, so we decorated it again as well as the outside of his new school and inside. Kathy tends to go overboard on her ideas. I guess you could say she has move ahead of me in fanaticism for decorating. Wound out kind of burned out with all the projects going on and did not really do our own yard as much as usual. She wants to change everything around every year. More work for the both of us. Last Sept. we were doing decorations for Halloween at both schools and she wound going in the hospital with chest pains. Heart cath showed a little more clogging. Well, now she is trying to come up with Easter for both schools and last weekend she would up at the hospital with chest pains again. Okay now but she really needs to quit stressing so much and take it easy. Trying to take care of 3 grandchildren ages 15 months to 8 years can be a bit much also.

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